I painted this piece for an upcoming show called Boarded Up III. It will include artwork by many local artists. I've been feeling pretty fierce these days and wanted to paint something that represented my thoughts. That and I really wanted to paint something edgy to represent my inner skater chick. ;-)
As a bonus I've added a link to a little YouTube tutorial, which shows you how to paint and hang your own custom deck!
This piece is my new favorite. Lately I feel like I've been creatively stuck. I've been painting but it's been awhile since I've been truly happy with my work. It's been awhile since I've started something that I've been dying to come home to so I can pick up where I left off. There is no doubt, this piece helped me find the momentum I needed.
With this piece, I had a photo that I found as inspiration but I knew I wanted to make modifications and change the overall feeling of the image. I changed her outfit, the background, and added a halo/crown and an arrow. As I kept going with this piece, I was inspired to add the metallic gold leaf to her bracelet and halo, giving it a very different, multimedia look and I'm pretty pleased with the result. What do you guys think?
Here's a link to the in-progress video, which includes music by a local musician, Reggie Williams. Enjoy!
My sweet niece Annabelle had a birthday a couple weeks ago and when I asked her what she wanted for her birthday she asked for a painting. I did some prying. I asked her about the colors in her room, what she liked, if she wanted me to paint one of her interests, etc. And after a few minutes of pondering she said, "do you remember that day Tio Alex and I went to the beach to watch the sunrise? That day meant so much to me. Can you please paint me a picture of the sunrise from that day?" Her request made my heart melt. That was such a font memory for her and I know those trips to the beach to watch the sun rise mean so much to my husband, Alex. I proudly present to you a painting painted from the photograph they took that day. I hope she loves it!
A few months ago I did a Cinco de Mayo event and met two nice ladies named Lorena and Carmen. Lorena had a great idea! She wanted to do a father/daughter portrait for her husband for Father's Day. When she sent me the photo, I couldn't believe how cute her little girl is. In the photo, she is looking at her father with so much love in her eyes. I just love seeing how much young children love their parents. It's such an innocent love. I really enjoyed doing this piece!
Here's the in-progress video of the painting. Enjoy!
Wow, this piece really gave me a run for my money. I struggled almost from the moment I put my brush to paper. I just couldn't get the paint to blend the way I wanted to but I stuck with it and I'm actually quite pleased with the result, which goes to show, you can't give up on your art. If you stick with it, you can correct almost anything. Sometimes mistakes can turn into really amazing things!
Thanks to Mrs. Linda Beckham for the reference photo for this piece. She is such a talented photographer and I'm thankful she shares her photos on Facebook because they are always an inspiration!
A couple weeks ago, my family celebrated my youngest brother's 30th birthday by vacationing at a resort in Reunion, which is just south of Kissimmee, Florida. The grounds were covered with huge magnolia trees. I was instantly drawn to them. I had to grab my camera and snap away. They were simply stunning. Those big trees are what inspired this piece. I love the texture in this piece. I wasn't going for a totally realistic look with this one and the variations and deep contrast make it work. Do you agree? Have a great week, everyone!
Here's the in-progress video of this piece. Complete with music by my talented brother-in-law, Jose Torres (AKA Not Since Sarah.) Enjoy!
I love butterflies! They are magical creatures - so beautiful and symbolic. In my mind, they represent change and hope. This isn't the first butterfly painting I've painted. Mrs. Barb Wagner inspired this piece - another painting inspired by wonderful photography and the "perfect" shot. Thanks again, Barb!
Here's a video that shows the painting in-progress. Enjoy!
Living in Florida, we rarely see tulips sprout form the ground in spring. It's just too warm here. We do, however, see them show up in the grocery store right around Easter.
I love tulips, so when I saw a beautiful photo of tulips pop up in my newsfeed on Facebook, it caught my eye. My mom's friend, Barb is a wonderful photographer. She posts photos every day. They are all so beautiful! Needless to say, I was thrilled when she allowed me to paint her photo. It took me weeks of drawing, redrawing, and painting to finally complete, but I'm quite pleased with the result. What do you think?
There are fewer things I enjoy more than starting up at palm trees by the beach or pool, especially when they are filled with beautiful coconuts! I painting this painting or my living room. I had a space above the sofa that was in need of a new painting and felt inspired by palm gazing.
I've been trying to incorporate more of an abstract style into my art, merging abstract with realism. I used surgical gauze and plastic wrap on this piece to create the abstract background - it was a bit of an experiment but I real like the organic patterns that were created with this technique. What do you think?
What a fantastic weekend! This weekend was the Uptown Art Expo at Cranes Roost Park in Altamonte Springs, Florida. I was fortunate enough to win the poster contest for the art festival, which came with a cash prize and a free booth spot. The photo above is of me and Jim Barton, the festival organizer, next to the banner on the stage with my artwork on it. It was an amazing experience!
The excitement started on Friday, when I did an interview on Fox 35 News to promote the festival. On Saturday morning we set up and had an amazing start but by 2pm, bad weather moved in. Tornado warnings and bad thunder storms were in the area so we had to quickly tare down and pack up for the rest of the day. But Sunday...Sunday was amazing! The weather was perfect - clear skies, perfect temps, and lots of friends, family, and art lovers filled the street.
I feel truly blessed to have such a wonderful support system. My husband helped me with everything - setting up, packing up, and manning the booth. My parents drove up to watch our boys. And so many amazing friends came out to support me. I am humbled by how supportive everyone was. I signed posters and made some great sales. GOD IS GOOD!
Here are two more paintings - one watercolor and one acrylic of the same subject matter...this time - STRAWBERRIES! They are my favorite fruit and have been as long as I can remember. Which one do you prefer, the acrylic or watercolor?
A few days ago, I went to my friend Matt's house to celebrate his birthday and he sent me home with a box of canvases. I am so thankful! I don't have much experience painting with acrylic paints so this painting was a new adventure for me. I kept using way too much water, saving my whites, etc. I'm quite pleased with the way this painting turned out, considering my lack of experience but I have lots of learning to do!
A few months ago, my husband and I celebrated our 10th wedding anniversary by taking a cruise to the eastern Caribbean. We had so much fun. Our last stop of the cruise was on the island of Grand Turk of the Turks and Caicos. The sand was white, there wasn't a cloud in the sky, and we spent the day lounging on the beach. Right after we got there, we walked the beach and found two young boys bringing in conch shells from the ocean. They couldn't have been older than 7 or 8 years old. They were selling them to tourists. As a Floridian, I didn't have a need for shells but they proudly let me take a photo of their finds. The photo of these three shells was one of my favorite photos from our trip. Now I have a painting to match!
I couldn't paint one of my boys without painting the other! This is my sweet, youngest boy. I took a photo of him with a baby chicken at a farm that we went to for his third birthday. I've been wanting to paint this piece for awhile. I love the photo! That poor baby chick. He was holding on to it tightly because he didn't want it to squirm out of his little hands. He just loved it! What a great memory.
Finally a self-portrait that I like! I've really been working on my portrait skills the past couple weeks and this is the first one that I think actually looks like me. A friend told me that I look too serious and that it doesn't match my personality but I was going for serious so mission accomplished, I guess! I'm already laying down pencil for the next portrait. Could 2014 be the year of the portrait?
So this is the first self-portrait that I've done that I'm pretty pleased with. There are some issues with it. The right side of my face is looking pretty old...which wasn't intended but I kind of like it. What I love most about this piece is you can really see my growth since Carol's workshop. Take a look at the painting that I did of the same photo on the left (below.) I did it a day before I left for the workshop and granted, it was much looser and a faster attempt but there is no question that I've grown since learning the new techniques that Carol taught me. I can't wait to do the next....
I had a wonderful weekend! I participated in a workshop with one of my favorite watercolor artists, Carol Carter. We are pictured together above with my new Carol Carter alligator painting. Carol has a unique style of painting. She truly embraces the distinct properties of the watercolor medium. Seeing her work and learning her style of painting was both educational and inspiring.
Carol shared hundreds of examples of her artwork with us. The workshop took place in an old warehouse that was turned into an amazing studio. Carrie Jadus and Mark Aeling are two of the skilled artists that work at Soft Water Studios, the St. Petersburg, Florida studio that hosted Carol's workshop. We were able to work among forty paintings that were on display for Carol's current show, "Postcards From the Edge of Florida." ...Talk about inspiration!
Carol had us complete two different demos - one with cantaloupe and pears; the other with beautiful bell shaped flowers. We all learned the importance of using strong value, intense color, and LOTS of water.
I stayed with my aunt and uncle that live in nearby, Brandon. On Saturday night, they took me to Anna Maria Island to see a sidewalk art festival. A few shots from the event are below. Overall, it was a great weekend, full of art, learning, and new friends. I want to thank Carol for being such a wonderful teacher. She didn't hold back in any way and I feel like I learned so much. She was patient and one of the best teachers I've ever had. I definitely recommend that you take one of her workshops if you are ever given the opportunity.
I've always loved the art nouveau style but recently I've been deliberately trying to work elements of it into my art. I kept the style in mind while composing this piece, by incorporating elements of a Hawaiian coast, a huge circular sun framing a woman, and the big hair that I've incorporated into most of my artwork lately.
Another page from my sketchbook... I know this piece needs a little more work but I'm moving on. Today is my 34th birthday and I need time to reflect and celebrate. It's been a good year but I'm hoping for an even better one next year!
I did this sketch from a photo of my husband and I that was taken on New Years Eve.
I got some sketch time in while watching the BCS Championship Game and the Seminoles won! Woo hoo!
I had every intention of doing the 30 paintings in 30 days Challenge this month with some artist friends but I just couldn't finish a painting today so I did a sketch. Hoping to sketch more this year. I really want to improve my pencil shading skills!
This was a fun one - I did the whole thing in one sitting, adding color after color quickly, before each section dried so the colors could merge and run together. I used all 20 color on my palette, excluding the blacks and browns.
What do you do when you have painters block? You experiment! I used multiple techniques on this piece, painting wet into wet, adding salt, rubbing alcohol, and LOTS of water. I had fun with this one...I think I'll try more like this.
I'm willing to practically GIVE this painting away to one of my awesome followers! I'm going to auction it off on Daily Paintworks. Feel free to put in a bid if you're interested...it starts at $5. I just ask for enough to cover shipping.
2013 was a great year! I learned so much about painting this year. It was truly a year of growth. I feel like my skills have developed as an artist quite a bit in the past 12 months. I've tried new things and pushed boundaries. My goal for this next year is to continue to learn and grow as an artist. I really want to take my skills to the next level by developing interesting compositions and by creating daily - even if it's for only 5 minutes!
"Moon Struck" is another piece inspired by my beautiful sister-in-law, Dyionna. It's a sister painting to the "Dreams and Musings" painting that I did last month. I've been really busy over the holidays. I spent lots of time with family and had a lot of fun so I didn't have much time for painting but I finally finished this morning. It's a big one! 18x28 inches! This painting is my first painting of 2014 - here's to many more!
I've been running with this wild haired woman theme for the past couple months but this piece is different...and I think it may be my favorite so far! It was inspired by my beautiful sister-in-law, Dyionna. Dyionna happens to be my back yard neighbor too. She's very tall, super-model gorgeous, and married to my brother...all excellent things! This piece was painted from a photo that she took shortly after their wedding, in her wedding gown. I couldn't help but paint it!